By Stephen Schenck | January 18, 2012 4:53 PM
We’ve been hearing rumors of Amazon getting into the Android game with a Kindle tablet for months now, but now we are finally starting to get a real sense for what the device may be like, thanks to reports from those lucky enough to have gotten a chance to check out the hardware in person.
Supposedly, the first device would be a seven-inch tablet simply called the Amazon Kindle. It would have a color, capacitive screen and support multi-touch input. With a single-core processor and 6GB storage, it’s not sounding like the high-end device we once thought the company may be working on. What would this hardware end up costing you? It could be as low as $250.
The really interesting bit is the software, which looks to be nearly devoid of Google (it’s still used for search). It may be branched-off from an older version of Android, and replaces standard Google apps with Amazon’s versions. The UI is supposed to be nothing like we’re used to from Android.
Later on, there could be a 10-inch dual-core version, but Amazon hasn’t committed to it.
We’re not sure what to think of all this, especially not having seen what Amazon’s Android version will look like. Going off on its own is a big risky, but it could be what the tablet needs to set it apart from the rest of the pack.